Ingredients and Blood Sugar

Jul 25, 2023
When we talk about blood sugar, it's usually centered around diabetes, but the way glucose levels affect our overall health is relevant to everyone. Understanding blood sugar variations and their consequences can lead to better energy levels and overall health for us all. It’s important to know what ingredients may spike blood sugar levels. The Trash Panda App is a great way to help identify them when learning to stabilize your blood sugar.
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Today we’re teaming up with the experts on metabolic health - Levels: a health and wellness tool designed to help individuals monitor and manage their blood sugar. Levels aims to provide insights into how different lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, and sleep, impact blood sugar. Using Levels in conjunction with Trash Panda is an easy way to get clarity on exactly what ingredients are in the products you buy, help you find products that promote stable blood sugar, and understand how food impacts your metabolic health overall.

What is Blood Sugar?

Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose present in the bloodstream. Glucose is a type of sugar that serves as the primary source of energy for the body's cells. Keeping your blood sugar levels in check is important for your overall health and how your body works. If they get too high or too low, your body will feel the effects.

Why Does Blood Sugar Matter?

Inconsistent blood sugar levels can lead to immediate effects like low energy levels and difficulty concentrating, while also increasing the risk of developing severe health conditions over time.
Plus, your blood sugar level has a direct impact on common health concerns, including weight gain, hormonal imbalances, and your mental well-being. In the long run, it plays a significant role in the possible development of long-term health issues such as Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular risks.
The good news is your blood sugar levels aren't set in stone and can be influenced by what you eat - which is where Trash Panda and Levels can be super helpful resources.

Ingredient Labels and Blood Sugar

When looking at your blood glucose levels, the most important thing you can do is eat foods with ingredients that won't cause blood sugar spikes.
Ingredients that can spike blood sugar include sucrose, glucose, honey, rice syrup, agave nectar, and cane sugar, among others. In the Trash Panda app, we flag ingredients as potentially harmful, questionable, or as added sugars. Scanning your packaged foods to decode their ingredients gives you the transparency you deserve and an easier way to control and monitor your blood sugar levels. Using Levels gives you a personalized way to monitor your blood sugar by seeing how these foods actually impact your nutrition and activity.
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